David thought it would be fun to somehow use the photo in his art and started a painting. “It became too much of a copy of the photograph, so I abandoned it. It still sits unfinished, face against my studio wall.” Luckily for us the photograph continued to poke at his imagination. “I kept looking at the photo. I knew there was something that eventually would come from it.” One morning, months later, he walked into his studio, picked up a piece of charcoal and in an hour or so had a drawing that resulted in one of his most recent woodblock prints, “Fishwife”.
“Barns and old houses are wonderful and wondrous places, places where people have worked and played and lived and created. They have their own simple functional beauty, They are artifacts left in their own footsteps, footprints walked away from,” says Janis Sanders during a recent discussion about one of his favorite inspirations. “The echoes are still in the air if you listen just right.”
These are paintings, images discovered in acrylic. These trees are captured in such exquisite detail it takes a moment to be sure. The black and white blur of bark, the multitude of greens playing in the leaves, and the lightest of blue in a perfect sky.
Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is pleased to announce our most recent addition to the family, as well as our upcoming show, Tangle. This one woman show is an up-close look at a piece of Maine’s most intricate natural works of art. Her trees.
The family at Maine Art Painting and Sculpture is growing. Artist Liz Hoag has recently joined the gallery, and we are excited to introduce her. Liz has been living in Maine for over twenty-five years. Presently, she resides in Portland, but her studio space is in Westbrook. Much of her work is focused, or sometimes unfocused, on the Maine outdoors.
Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture is going through a bit of transition today. We are still open for business, but the majority of the first floor will be a bit crazy as we prepare for the opening of From A Distance, Craig Mooney’s one man show that opens tomorrow.
As you first walk into Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk, a curious little sculpture of what at first glance is a seagull swooping in to grab his lunch is there to greet you. However, after a closer look, something is just a little different, a little smaller, a little more unique about this particular bird.
Crows have become like deep wells of inspiration not only in myths and legends but also in our visual arts, literature, and music.
When it came to curate the show BIRD, Ellen was an obvious choice. Her work was meant to be featured on the walls of Maine Art Shows surrounded by other artists with the same adoration for birds.
“I remember the thick green grass seeming perfectly even for a huge distance. It is peaceful scene, but I chose to named the painting Listen,” says Granter. “If you truly listen, it isn’t really quiet. You can hear willets, piping plovers, terns, gulls, and myriad insects all around.” So often the majestic crash of waves and never-ending span of sea hold our attention, and the casual beauty of the small marshes and winding rivers that feed the oceans are overlooked. “Listen” is all about not overlooking this place and this moment.